Spreading Holiday Cheer
It’s no secret December is my favorite month of the year. From sparkling lights to the first snowfall, it’s a time full of holiday cheer. I love it so much that I trade my bright pink lipstick for shades of red, too. My love for the holiday season must have started from the very day I was born- December 22, on the evening of a big winter storm. Three days later, my parents brought me home from the hospital in a bright red stocking- Christmas morning! I was very lucky to have a close-knit family. I grew up next door to my grandparents and had wonderful traditions that made the holidays special. Sadly, not everyone is as fortunate. The holidays can be a very difficult time for some people- those who have lost family members, can’t afford gifts for their children, or won’t have anyone to spend the days with. There’s something magical about the holiday season that everyone deserves to experience. The snow begins to fall and the world slows down. The spirit of the season makes me feel love and promise for a happy new year. As I see families coming together, carollers singing, and people lending a hand to one another, I have restored hope for the world around us. Although I won’t be able to spend Christmas with my family this year, I plan to enjoy the season with friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Since I have the time, I decided to see what I can do to help spread cheer to those who may need a smile this season. This year, let’s try and focus on love, not the stresses the holidays can bring. Our society gets too caught up in spending money, giving gifts, and creating a “perfect” party or dinner for our family and friends to enjoy. When we focus on the planning and let our anxiety take over, we let the actual moments pass us by. It’s important to put our lives into perspective this time of year. Let’s think about what we can give, not what we can get. Whether it’s donating toys, volunteering at a food bank, or visiting the elderly, there are countless options to help brighten someone’s holiday season, too.